In the town of Thornage, England, three hours north of London, lies a 17th-century country farmhouse of red brick and blue-gray flint. This is the home of designer Susan Hirsh and her husband, Peter Marston, the creative forces behind Marston & Langinger, makers of glass buildings, garden tools, accessories, and furniture.
In a wisteria-draped converted barn that once sheltered livestock, Susan claims her creative escape, designing paint colors and fabrics for Marston & Langinger. Here, a year of meticulous restoration shines through in a mix of historic and contemporary design: exposed rafters, furniture covered in white linen, vintage textiles, a monolithic oak table designed by Marston.
A wealth of windows and wide doors that once accommodated a hay cart’s daily deliveries illuminate display cases and open shelves holding Susan’s favorite things—from her textile collection and a 1940s knitted cap from Cameroon to colorful sweet peas in an old teacup.
Text by Jennifer Wilson
Produced by Jenny Bradley
Photographs by Simon Upton